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Identity theft: Thieves often target children
Criminals target kids because it can take years before they check their credit scores. Some identity thieves aren't targeting you, they're targeting your children. And since parents rarely, if ever, check their child's credit report - the crime can go undetected for years. Bobby Taylor never checked his kids' credit reports, and he's not alone.
"It was too early, they were young, Taylor said.
Postal inspectors say these women are shown writing bad checks from accounts they opened using the stolen identities of children.
"They knew they had no credit. So, that way they could use the kids' information to go out and get credit and make whatever purchases they wanted."
Indiana inspectors say thieves used fake IDs with their photos - but the names and addresses were of children.
"They were able to open accounts and write checks then went around to different merchants and wrote checks knowing they had no money in the bank."
The thieves wrote hundreds of checks, totaling more than half-a-million dollars.
"Protect your children's social security numbers, place of birth and information like that."
The Federal Trade Commission and the credit bureau's do say you shouldn't check your kids' credit reports as often as you might check your own, unless you think they may be victims of identity theft.